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), is a major oasis town in southwestern Xinjiang, an autonomous region in western China.The city proper of Hotan broke off from the larger Hotan County to become an administrative area in its own right in August 1984. With a population of 322,300 (2010 census), Hotan is situated in the Tarim Basin some 1,500 kilometres (930 mi) southwest of the regional capital, Ürümqi.Some have argued that this may refer to the unrelated toponym Dunhong – the archaeologist Lin Meicun has also suggested that Dunhuan may be a Chinese name for the Tukhara, a people widely believed to be a Central Asian offshoot of the Yuezhi.By the third century BC, the area became dominated by the Xiongnu, but came under Chinese rule during the Han Dynasty after Emperor Wu defeated the Xiongnu in 121 BC.) is a county-level city in northwestern Gansu Province, Western China.The 2000 Chinese census reported a population of 187,578 in this city.
In this double issue of IDP News, we show some of the results of her research and success in starting to make many more artefacts from North American collections available through IDP.
The Georgetown-IDP Project for North American Collections developed from conversations between Susan Whitfield, Miki Morita and myself that began in spring 2015, following Susan’s trip to Georgetown University to deliver a well-received talk on IDP and the landscape of international collaboration in the Critical Silk Road Studies Seminar, a year-long series of events supported by the Mellon Foundation that I co-organized at Georgetown in 2014-2015.
At that time, it quickly became obvious that the combination of Miki’s prior experience in similar projects and the resources and academic community for Silk Road studies at Georgetown and in the Washington, DC area were an ideal fit for convening this project, representing a major step forward for the large-scale incorporation of Silk Road artefacts in North American collections into the IDP database for the first time.
The practice of Zen meditation or Zazen (座禅 - za meaning sitting, and Zen meaning meditation in Japanese), is the core of Zen Buddhism: without it, the is no Zen.
Zen meditation, is a way of vigilance and self-discovery which is practiced while sitting on a meditation cushion.
Defining Zen (禅) is like trying to describe the taste of honey to someone who has never tasted it before.